U.S. Rep. Cicilline and 168 others urge Trump to rescind Bannon

By: Rebecca Turco

Email: rturco@abc6.com

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman David Cicilline is leading a push for President-Elect Donald Trump to oust his controversial Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.

169 House Democrats signed the U.S. representative for Rhode Island’s letter to Trump. "It’s not good for his administration, it’s not good for our country and it’s a terrible message, whether he intended it to be or not," explained Cicilline.

As executive chairman of Breitbart News, Bannon led the charge to turn the conservative news outlet into a voice for the alt-right and white nationalists. Groups like the KKK and the American Nazi Party have praised Trump’s decision.

"You can already see a rise of acts of anti-Semitism, racism [and] other kinds of attacks around the country,” Cicilline told ABC6 News. “We don’t want to normalize this kind of behavior."

Rhode Island’s Honorary Trump Chair Joe Trillo couldn’t speak to Bannon’s character, but spoke to Trump’s. “I don’t know that much about what [Bannon] said over his entire life,” Trillo explained. “All I know is my faith is in Donald Trump. Let’s let him do the job. Let’s stop criticizing him at every turn.”

The outgoing state representative criticized Cicilline’s letter as politicking and nothing more. “It’s not worth the paper it’s written on,” Trillo said. “[Trump] will never see it and it’s just garbage grandstanding by David Cicilline and company.”

Cicilline gathered the signatures in a 48-hour period. He reached out to House Republicans, but none of them would sign.

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